Senior Executive Staff Writer - On Site

Communications San Diego, California


Organization Overview

Founded by philanthropists Gary and Mary West, West Health, and its affiliated organizations, focus on the mission of enabling seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life, and independence.


Headquartered in San Diego with an office in Washington, D.C., West Health includes the Gary and Mary West Health Institute, a nonprofit medical research organization, and the nonprofit, nonpartisan Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center.

Position Summary

West Health’s Senior Executive Staff Writer will be responsible for managing communication projects that support an assigned body of work and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to design, plan and implement strategic communications campaigns and projects. The Senior Executive Staff Writer will conduct research and write primarily for West Health’s Chair and CEO, including speeches, talking points, op-eds, quotes, and more while lending expertise and support to the entire executive leadership team. Central to this role is the ability to position executives as thought leaders and skillful communicators through proactive and compelling narratives.

This position is responsible for developing written and verbal material that is in line with West Health’s mission of lowering healthcare costs to improve aging, and advances the critical work of the organization’s foundation, research institute, and policy center. A successful candidate will be able to hone and develop key messages to tell our story to inspire action and serve as the primary editor for communications materials. Further, the position will work in tandem with the Director of Communications and executive leadership team to develop and execute its thought leadership strategy, provide editorial support, and identify written and speaking opportunities to showcase the vision of West Health.

This role will serve as lead staff on the communication department’s special projects and is ideal for a self-starter who can think creatively about ways to advance West Health’s mission and brand presence. The role reports to the President and will also work closely with all members of West Health’s leadership, communications, policy, and research teams.

Essential Duties and Functions:

  • Serve as lead writer on executive-level communications, including talking points, speeches, op-eds, quotes, blogs, and more.
  • Hone and support the individual tone and style of West Health’s Chair and CEO and full leadership team.
  • Conduct in-depth research on aging and healthcare-related issues to develop original content.
  • Create compelling content that translates highly technical healthcare research, data, and information into logical, readable, and understandable content.
  • Lead a robust internal communications plan and serve as the primary author for organization e-mails, newsletters, and leadership communications that are consistent with established messaging and brand standards.
  • Act as the primary copy editor for the department. Review and revise content for accuracy and quality, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax. Ensure correct tone, voice, clarity, flow, and structure of content.
  • Ensure that content adheres to in-house style, guides, and templates.
  • Support CEO and executives during speaking engagements.
  • Identify new ways to raise awareness of the issues and challenges facing seniors by showcasing real-life stories, driving policy initiatives, and promoting best practices and innovative solutions.
  • Develop talking points on key policy issues and help prepare West Health leadership for media interviews/interactions.
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of the strategic objectives of the West Health entities focused on successful aging and the ability to interpret it for specific audiences.
  • Support communications activities across each of West Health’s various entities and for the brand.
  • Provide project management support for communications initiatives.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English, or other relevant field is required; a Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Minimum 7 years related work experience creating and managing objective-focused communications content for both internal/employee-focused and external audiences. Preference for significant relevant work experience (10-12+ years) with strong networks and contacts.
  • Demonstrated ability to write effectively for diverse audiences, including funders, grantees, business and community leaders, media, policymakers, influencers, employees, and the general public.
  • Understanding of how to translate policy and advocacy agendas into compelling content that urges others to act.
  • Experience working in a high-performing and agile organization with a collaborative culture.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with experience serving as a skilled copy editor within a robust communications shop.
  • Self-starter; deadline-oriented; personable able to foster positive working relationships with colleagues, partners, etc.
  • Healthcare experience is a plus.
  • Must be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19
  • Must believe in public health and science


West Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, disability or veteran's status.